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Beyond QuickBooks: Is Integrated Accounting Software Right for You?

Beyond QuickBooks: Is Integrated Accounting Software Right for You?
Integrated accounting software has a number of advantages that make it a solid choice for many business types.

When used correctly, small business management software should make your life easier, not the other way around. 

And while many business owners will applaud this accounting software platform or that point of sale system, it’s difficult to know which one is right for you.

A lot of it comes down to experience. Many people have only ever tried one type of accounting software and, therefore, have nothing else to compare it with. Take QuickBooks, for example. It’s one of the better-known products on the market and it probably works well for some business owners.

However, if it’s all they know, they might not understand some of the benefits of other programs available to them. Windward Software, for instance, is a fully integrated program that does more than just accounting.

It provides complete ERP for SMB's, including:

  • Accounting
  • Point of Sale
  • Inventory Control
  • E-Commerce
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • And More...
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What does this mean for owners and store managers?


To run a business effectively, it helps to have systems in place to manage each of the aforementioned components (POS, Inventory, E-Commerce, CRM, and Accounting). Sure, you could implement individual software programs to manage each of them, but you might find that you:

  • Experience compatibility problems
  • Struggle with inefficient data transfers
  • Cannot use each system to its full potential

While many of these standalone software systems claim to be compatible with one another, that’s not always the case.

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Business owners endure constant struggles trying to interface the separate systems with their accounting software before they could figure out their bookkeeping.

This can tie up a colossal amount of time that you could otherwise be devoted to other important business functions such as:

  • Customer Service
  • Learning customer buying trends
  • Analyzing performance
  • Maintaining tighter inventory control

A Big-picture Approach to Business Management

A fully integrated system like Windward System Five is designed to be seamless. For example, let’s say you own a bike store and sell a mountain bike using Windward’s point-of-sale software module. The moment the invoice is created, it automatically updates the general ledger in real time.

Instead of running a batch process, later on, you can perform any of the following tasks on a daily basis:

  • Report your deposits
  • Clear all of your cash accounts
  • Stay on top of your finances

System Five also has options for credit card processing to further ease your accounting challenges.

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Read Also: Discover the Ultimate QuickBooks POS Replacement: Windward System Five

Enhance other Areas of Your Business

Furthermore, when you engage your customers at the POS terminal, small business management software that’s integrated will let you improve more than just your accounting endeavors.

For that same mountain bike sale, you can create a customer account for the buyer, which will allow you to:

  • Follow-up with targeted email marketing campaigns
  • Track warranty, repairs, and even send service reminders
  • Provide a better overall customer experience

Are you tired of time-consuming data transfers with your standalone accounting software? Perhaps it’s time to call Windward Software to learn about their fully integrated business management system.

One of our Business Developers would be happy to talk to you about your current business challenges and see how Windward System Five on Cloud can help.

Please reach out at +1 (800) 633-5750


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